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New iPhone parts start to leak, confirm 16:9 aspect ratio 4" screen

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New iPhone parts start to leak, confirm 16:9 aspect ratio 4
Here’s the right way to start out the week after a holiday weekend: brand new iPhone parts! 9to5Mac received several leaks this morning from suppliers that reveal potential parts of the new iPhone (and given the naming convention for the new iPad, it may really be called “the new iPhone”). We’ve reproduced the best of them below for you to enjoy.

Notice that the pieces clearly show an elongate form factor to support the 16:9 “widescreen” display that will increase the screen size to 4” without significantly increasing the size of the phone itself. The width in fact should stay exactly the same, while the height may increase very slightly to accommodate the new screen, although a reduction in bezel size should make the change minimal. Apple probably wants that extra length so they can pack it with an even larger battery if they are planning to release an LTE model this fall, which most observers expect.

Checking out the back plates you see that the new iPhone appears to have undergone a slight design refresh, with metal strips on the top and bottom. They seem to mirror the bezel on the front, adding another layer of symmetry to the next iPhone. Not merely aesthetic in nature, the radio antennas seem to be molded into those areas, which may improve reception and will certainly allow the phone to avoid any “death grip” problems (which were actually solved as long ago as the Verizon version of the iPhone 4). Also apparently confirmed in these images are the new smaller dock connector that has been expected.

Of course one final question remains: Are they legit? 9to5Mac seems to trust the supplier that leaked them, and the photos are high enough resolution to make it clear we are looking at real objects, not Photoshop fakes. It's possible they could just be prototypes, but given the confidence of the source, the timing (the design of this year’s iPhone would need to be locked in for parts acquisition), and concurrence with existing rumors on screen changes, it seems a good bet that you’re either looking at the real McCoy, or else the real thing will end up very much like this.


source: 9to5Mac via The Verge

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posted on 29 May 2012, 11:43 23

1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

I'm excited about WWDC next month.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:47 7

4. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Me to taco

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:06 2

11. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

I am too. Changees, even small ones, are almost always a good thing in the tech world. I'm looking forward to seeing what Apple brings to the table this year.

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:43 1

31. skymitch89 (Posts: 1366; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

I don't think that Apple will be releasing/announcing the next iPhone at WWDC next month. I think that they've changed things up a bit and are going to be doing it in the fall because most of the main Android manufacturers are releasing their flagship devices during the summer and they don't really want to compete with them.

posted on 29 May 2012, 15:39

101. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

will this thing have an HD display?

posted on 29 May 2012, 15:57 5

111. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

You have been waiting 5 years for a 4" non 4:3 display iPhone, I'd be exited to if I were iHerd.. 5 years is a long time! with each year bringing just a handful of improvements to a single phone line, that is supposed to somehow cater to millions?! :/ it's tough when the features you want don't make the apple cut and it's another year just to get disappointed once again... but hey, finally after 5 years apple might produce a industry standard 16:9 ratio with a decent sized screen. Bravo apple, bravo, welcome to android 3 years ago!

posted on 29 May 2012, 18:19 4

139. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Business 101. Make a product that people want to buy. Then sell as many of them as possible.
Apple has sold 66 million iphones with a 3.5 inch screen over the past 6 months. Name one android phone that has sold over 20 million worldwide in the same time period. That would be none of them.

posted on 29 May 2012, 22:29 2

162. stealthd (unregistered)

Who said anyone was waiting 5 years? Were G1 owners waiting too? You realize 3 years ago from this date the biggest screen available on an Android phone was 3.2 inches? It's saddening there are people this stupid on the internet.

posted on 30 May 2012, 00:06 1

164. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Me too +1 Taco, I'm getting one of these iPhones, OH YES I AM!!! My RAZR will still remain my phone, but I'm getting one of these iPhone 5's....
I wanted to get an iPhone when they first came out, but I stalled a few years and then got the DROID 1...
Oh and the smaller connector at the bottom, it the new docking port they were rumoring about...

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:45 3

3. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Check out the bottom connector!

MUCH smaller. I hope it is micro-USB.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:56

9. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

yeah it looks like micro usb, well seee next monthh :)

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:16 9

13. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

I doubt that it will be micro-USB... It will be a new smaller Apple proprietary connector.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:51 2

6. viveksuper (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Great goin SMartphonecity

iPhone i love you.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:52 4

7. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Fake or testing models that are not final designs.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:55 24

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Looks like a small samsung. I guess its apple's turn to start "slavishly copying" samsung, eh taco?? :)

Anyways, bigger screen would always be appreciated, but i still wish they woulda went 4.3. Oh well, not like im gonna buy one anyways.. lol.

Welcome to android's mid grade ifans!!! :)

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:26 2

18. hepresearch (unregistered)

On this rare occasion, I must respectfully disagree with you, remix... but not completely. It looks close enough to the iPhone 4S that I distinctly recognize it as an iPhone. Yes there are changes to the design, so it is not exactly like the iPhone 4S, and the improvements are in a couple of key areas from what I am seeing... no more glass back (thank goodness... my sister-in-law will be relieved that she will not be breaking yet another glass back on her next iPhone), thinner bezel while retaining the traditional round Apple button, and the larger screen (at 4", it is now following in the footsteps of Samsung and HTC in terms of the mega-screen-size trend since 2009... but one must still acknowledge the Apple iPhone roots of the trend for capacitive screens larger than 3" on a smartphone in 2007... and then one must acknowledge LG for the capacitive screen on the Prada in 2006... and from there it is a veritable blood-bath of acknowledgment back to who-knows-what, so why bother going there in the first place?). The back has a new design and new materials, of course, but the front looks fairly similar, just with a reduced bezel and a larger screen. As for the smaller port, well, if Apple wants it to be proprietary so they can keep on making money on total ecosystem hardware incompatibility, then it will not be microUSB no matter what anyone else thinks. I will be hugely surprised if it is microUSB, and at this point I don't think it is, anyway. In all honesty, this looks like it will be, at least tangible-hardware-wise, a more solid iPhone than before, despite retaining many clear Apple-esque traditional forms which retain clear recognition of this device as an iPhone.

As for iOS 6, which will inevitably launch with this, well... who knows? Widgets? Maybe? I won't be getting one anyway (and not just because I am too poor to be an Apple-elitist), but one can still dream of the possibilities, can they not?

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:31 4

19. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

id be surprised on the MicroUSB as well if that became reality. Apple likes to price gouge and have proprietary accessories way too much to use a standard jack.

As far as the design goes. yea, you can still tell its an apple, but if you take away the circular button and put a square one, or just a row of capacitive buttons, it looks like a shrunken SGS2 hercules/skyrocket. Since you couldnt say the same thing previously with the hercules/skyrocket vs the iphone4S, the design is definitely leaning towards samsung more than it should.... IF that's the design at all.

I like the possibilities because I like competition, regardless if I like the competitor or not.

posted on 29 May 2012, 14:16 1

73. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

it doesn't really look THAT different from the 4S so you better be careful remixfa or it might start to sound like you're saying Samsungs like the ones you mentioned look a lot like the iPhone. xD

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:33

178. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no, it looks like a samsung, not the reverse. :)

The design language has changed slightly and it resembles a phone that is launched months before it. there for the iphone looks like the samsung.

posted on 30 May 2012, 14:00

187. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

so you're saying it's changed SO MUCH that it's gone from a phone that looked nothing like a Samsung to a phone that actually really resembles a Samsung? :P

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:32 2

23. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Widgets are never going to be used on an iPhone. They are contradictory to iOS philosophy - they are graphically inconsistent, and also unpredictable in terms of draining system resources. There is maybe a third option which has yet to be invented. What do you think?

BTW this design here is celary not Apple's - I have measured the proportions and rules of shaping every ipHone - Apple is very strict about that and this example of alleged parts shows inconsistency with that even on a first look. For instance, camera was allways equidistant from horizontal and vertical edge of the phone - now it's just non-proportionally "moved away" to make room for larger screen. And so on... many flaws that Apple would never let itself.

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:35 2

26. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if they dont go with widgets, they may go with some form of metro-ui live tile rip off, since its more aesthetically similar to their icons.

I have no idea about the whole second part. It makes sense as far as their positioning as many high brand products are that peculiar, but im not gonna measure it, so i'll just trust ya on that. :)

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:44 1

32. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

The more I look at it, the more it's fake. Now I see problems with logo and typography.

First of all, they are too close to each other (Apple logo and "iPhone" title with standard info) and too far from edges of the phone - they were allways the same from 1st gen iPhone. Now they will change it. It doesn't look graphically good either to justifiy it - it's more like amateur's work.

Secondly, on this part they are using light version of their "iPhone" type instead of Bold type (Minion Pro Bold).
This would also be the first time after they were using Bold version it consistently ever since first iMac in 1998...

And BTW, it's not microUSB port...
check this out (and other stuff too)

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:37

28. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I think you meant "celery."

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:43

30. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

or "clearly"

which fits much better than celery.. lolol

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:46 3

36. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Ooooooh, he meant "clearly"! It's so clear to me now!

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:52

45. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i wish it were clear around here. this tropical storm needs to get movin on, darn it! lol

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:45 1

34. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

No, I meant "clearly" but I couldn't go back to edit anymore...

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:38

29. hepresearch (unregistered)

What is to say that they don't depart in order to incorporate some new feature that needs a different geometry to be present? Can they really be considered flaws if it is done properly? It has always seemed to me that Apple has a very high incidence of pan-corporate OCD, but who is to say that they cannot overcome that in order to improve a product in the future?

posted on 29 May 2012, 12:51

42. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

The design of Apple products is very strict and maybe the most rigorous element of their production - everything must be symmetrical and distanced in whole numbers - this will they never let no matter what technologal excuse they could have.

If you are familiar with Jony Ive's approach to design - you should be very aware that he would not let this happen.

PS - now i wonder why it has 3.5 mm headphone jack on bottom....

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